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Confederate (CSV)


John David Murray

(1836 - 1916)

Home State: Texas

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Texas Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

Raised in North Carolina, he was with his family in St. Francois, MO by 1850 and working as a stock driver on his father's place at La Vernia in Guadalupe County, TX by 1860. He enlisted as a Corporal in Company F, 4th Texas Infantry on 11 July 1861 at Camp Clark in Guadalupe County, was promoted to 3rd Sergeant on 1 October 1861, and to 2nd Sergeant by September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was with his Company in action on South Mountain on 14 September and was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was in hospitals in Richmond until furloughed for 30 days on 13 October 1862. He returned to serve to the end of the war, as First Sergeant and senior man present in Company F when paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

In 1880 he was a saddler in Sutherland Springs, Wilson County, TX, a farmer there in 1900, and retired by 1910.

References & notes

Service information from Davis1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 via fold3. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census for 1850-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

One of 4 brothers, 3 of whom were in Company F and at Sharpsburg.

He married Arabelle May Stevenson (1849-1933) in July 1869 and they had 9 children.


08/27/1836; Wilmington, NC


02/16/1916; Sutherland Springs, TX; burial in Sutherland Springs Cemetery, Sutherland Springs, TX


1   Davis, Rev. Nicholas A., The Campaign from Texas to Maryland, Houston: Telegraph Book and Job Establishment, 1863, pp. 157 - 158  [AotW citation 1808]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 26679]